The Safety Pharmacology and Animal Resource Center (SPARC) is currently seeking an experienced Veterinary Technician and a process-oriented and motivated teammate to serve as an Associate Scientist to support the Program of Veterinary Care under the Lab Animal Science functional group in our Thousand Oaks, CA, location. This dynamic team is charged with handling all aspects of training and health care for a multi-species research colony. Your primary role will be to serve as the Lead for the training program with an additional responsibility of providing strong clinical support of different species used for in vivo studies. The qualified individual should be able to perform independently with minimal direction.
Training program responsibilities include:
Lead and manage the training program - provide training, train the trainer, oversight, continuous improvements, refinements, introducing new methodologies for training, ensure effective compliance and communication to trainers and trainees across all vivaria
Responsible for ensuring appropriate scheduling of training events, documentation and competency assessments
Assist in training manual (guidance document) or video creation, review and revision
Maintain and manage proper documentation of all training and competency events
Develop a program of education for individual trainers and competency assessors
Training of other SPARC trainers
Manage e-learning training modules associated with SPARC access and IACUC requirements
Assist in updating IACUC training protocols
Handle animal ordering for the training colony and ordering of training supplies
Responsible for conducting hands-on training and competency assessment as appropriate
Provide innovation/opportunities of technique refinement and new techniques
Serve as a training liaison between Amgen and external SPARC partners for technical training
Assist in on-boarding new hires
Veterinary care and Animal Welfare responsibilities include:
Clinical case triage, record health information in animal medical records, follow-up and treatment for a variety of species; including USDA regulated species under the direction of the veterinarian
Communication to investigators regarding animal health cases and outcome
Ability to perform and assist with sedation and anesthesia of multiple laboratory animal species, technical manipulations, and specialized post-operative care
Ability to understand and implement laboratory animal care guidelines and regulations
Provide and assess appropriate enrichment of laboratory animals
Doing performance-based studies to enhance animal welfare and support the 3Rs and presenting/publishing the data internally and externally
Supporting Attending Veterinarian on Corrective and Preventive action (CAPA) based on IACUC, AAALAC, or USDA findings
Proactively reporting non-compliance and actively seeking to implement lean six sigma principles to improve animal welfare
All other duties as assigned
Master's degree and 2 years of in vivo experience
Bachelor's degree and 4 years of in vivo experience
AALAS certification at the LATG level and/or other laboratory animal certifications
Lean six sigma white belt certification
Previous clinical experience treating animals in a research setting
Experience conducting hands on training of staff
Master's degree in animal science or related science field
Possess strong leadership and interpersonal skills; can communicate effectively verbally and in writing
Self-motivated, able to work independently, highly organized with a strong attention to detail
Ability to balance multiple and changing priorities along with fluctuations in the workload
High proficiency with basic and advanced techniques (dosing, blood collection) for multiple species
Solid understanding of The Guide, USDA regulations, AAALAC, and veterinary standard methodologies
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